A substance which, when ingested by humans, facilitates the realization that the divine infuses all of creation.
While a detailed discussion of the use of entheogens
and other techniques used to enter shamanic ecstasy states is beyond the scope of this
book, it is important to have a metaphorical understanding of these
concepts. A comparable "space" in the world of computing would be the
concept of an operating environment. This is a concept programmers use
to describe the variable conditions in which a computer program
executes, or runs. Much like the environment in which human biological
activity takes place, a computer operating environment is a place where
computer programs live, and most programs require certain
environmental variables to be in place so they can run (live) properly.
I find it helpful to think of communications with non-human entities as
requiring such an operating environment, and this is how I think of
entheospace. Although there is debate in the psychedelic
community as to whether or not using entheogens is the only way in which
to enter into such a state, I use the concept of entheospace here to
more broadly describe the deeply seated sense of being infused with, and
a part of, divine mind.
To better understand pure mind-to-mind interactions, it helps to think of these communications as taking place in various environments, or operating spaces. In metaphysics, this concept is sometimes referred to as a "plane," e.g., the astral plane. Unlike the physical environment on planet Earth, which facilitates face-to-face communications between humans, e-mail requires the environment of cyberspace in which to operate. When we move beyond the area of pure human-to-human communications, such as human-to-Gaia communication, yet other environments, common to the different consciousnesses that want to communicate with each other, are required. One of these environments, or planes, is what I call entheospace.
Metaphorically, one can think
of entheospace as an environment in which many disparate types of
consciousness share a common language with
which they may communicate. Shamans enter entheospace by ingesting
entheogens, fasting, dancing or other
such methods. Many psychonauts believe entheospace may also be entered
by ingesting certain laboratory-produced chemicals, such as LSD.
Keep in mind that this is a discussion about communication with an alien intelligence. People sometimes mistakenly think that the only type of alien contact possible is with mindful organisms from other planets. It is important to remember that there are many mentally and spiritually alien organisms, such as plants, animals, fungi, etc., all around us. Furthermore, contact with an alien intelligence does not necessarily imply contact through verbal exchanges. Just because the species of primate we call human uses sounds made by complex tongue wagging to communicate with other members of its species does not mean other intelligent beings have evolved their system of communications along similar lines.
_The Spirit of the Internet_ by Lawrence Hagerty
- Lawrence Hagerty - _Psychedelic Thinking And The Dawn Of Homo Cyber_